Women of UFC panel with Cris Cyborg, Paige VanZant, Michelle Waterson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk

LAS VEGAS — Some of the most well-known female fighters in the world — Cris Cyborg, Paige VanZant, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson — sat down for a panel discussion during International Fight Week. Watch above for their talks about why they started in MMA, if it’s hard being a women’s fighter, bullying and their take on Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather.

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The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption episode 12 recap – Second finalist decided

TUF 24 winner Tim Elliott and a trip to the eye doctor add a little bit of drama to the proceedings before a one-sided semifinal. Fourteen fighters returned to The Ultimate Fighter in search of redemption. Did any of them find it?
In the cage, probably not. James Krause has been solid, but we expected that from a guy who’s on a two-fight UFC win streak. Dhiego Lima and Ramsey Nijem look ready to step back into the Octagon. Jesse Taylor also looks OK as long as you ignore all his submission losses in the last three years. It’s hard to know what to make of semifinalist Tom Gallicchio, who has this Cody McKenzie-esque quality of submitting people even when they know that’s exactly what he’s trying to do.
The rest may have found their redemption outside the cage. They’ve come across as decent guys. You’d be happy to sign up for classes with them or to see them coaching your kids, as I did when I walked into my kids’ afterschool martial arts program and saw them doing a wrestling session with the Prince of Persia, Kamal Shalorus. Great guy.
Some of these guys don’t look like they need to be fighting any more. Gilbert Smith has already made the reasonable decision that he’s not going back to smaller shows — if the UFC offers him decent money, he’ll make another run, but other than that, he’s got better things to do.
So tonight, we’ll see who faces Lima in the final, and we’ll see if the producers can make any of these guys do something dramatic.
We’ll also see the triumphant return of…Dr. Gregory Hsu! Once a staple of stitching up fighters on this show, the Nevada opthalmologist will pop up to check out Krause’s eye. The promos tell us an eye injury has put Krause’s participation in jeopardy, but the commenters on last week’s TUF recap effectively put together some clues from those promos and figured out Krause should be good to go.
T.J. Dillashaw, whose team has wiped out Cody Garbrandt’s team like Serena Williams against a qualifier at Wimbledon, brings in Tim Elliott, The TUF 24 winner and UFC flyweight already knows Krause and will help coach Krause in the final, if he’s cleared.
Back in the house, Nijem and Joe Stevenson are playing chess. With a chess clock. That’s hard-core. Seth Baczynski, though, is focused on the prospect of replacing Krause in the final, which will be a surprise to anyone who watched his lackluster performance against Gilbert Smith in the season opener.
Finally, we’re off to see Krause meet Hsu. The eye doc says 80% of Krause’s eye skin was taken off, which sounds really bad unless you’re a hockey player who’s used to this sort of thing. If it doesn’t heal properly, it can cause some permanent vision loss.
And it doesn’t look good at first. Krause seems to be struggling with something during the exam. Then Hsu says, “Well … (dramatic pause) … you’re cleared to fight.” It’s blurry, sure, but that’s normal. Krause shows little emotion but happily bro-hugs the doctor.
So we’ll get the promised matchup between Krause and Taylor. Team Garbrandt can go back to playing volleyball. Having spoken to some TUF alumni, I can say it’s probably better to have no fighters in the competition at this stage than one. Being the last guy standing on a dispirited team is apparently not a great training environment.
Back to the house for the long-promoted drama between Elliott and others. It starts with Krause, Elliott and a couple of unnamed guys at the fire pit while a bunch of eliminated fighters pound beers in the hot tub. Alcohol apparently makes Baczynski’s voice go up a couple of octaves, and he’s lobbing incoherent insults toward the fire-pit group. Elliott returns fire, bragging that the fire pit is the winner’s circle.
Julian Lane — who, until this point in the season, had demonstrated newfound maturity — takes offense and hurls a water bottle from the tub to the fire pit. Krause thinks the bottle would’ve hit him in the face if someone else hadn’t blocked it.
The fire-pit crew decides to remove themselves from the situation by going inside. But the hot-tub crew follows them in and surrounds Elliott. The flyweight revels in the negative attention and starts taunting Lane with his TUF 16 catch-phrase, “Let me bang, bro!”
Lane gets in a couple of good shoves, and we’re treated to a couple of minutes of general chaos. Finally, Elliott and the other non-cast members are invited to leave. Elliott gets a good laugh outside the front door: “Man, that was awesome! I got pushed twice!”
Not sure “awesome” means what he thinks it means.
So that’s over…no, wait, it’s not. Baczynski, who barely appeared on camera after his first-episode loss, keeps griping that Krause was able to be reunited with his training partner. Krause’s buttons have been duly pushed, and we get a standoff and a shove. Jesse Taylor, who might stand to gain if Krause gets tossed off the show or hurt, is the lead peacemaker.
Krause storms off through a high-roofed room with a bunch of columns. Are we in the TARDIS now? Where did this room come from? We really haven’t seen much of the house this season.
Weigh-in is uneventful for a change.
Fight begins with Krause shooting for a takedown because he’s trying to subvert mainstream society like Chumbawamba members wearing makeup to stick it to the stuffy Brits. Krause is quickly on defense and has to establish guard. Taylor can’t do much, though, and Krause reverses. Taylor seems stunned, and he eats a hard elbow. We get a scramble, and Krause briefly has Taylor’s back. But Taylor flips around and gets back to a much better position from which he lands a couple of elbows of his own. Krause gets to his feet but is off balance, giving Taylor an easy takedown to get him back down. Taylor should take Round 1.

Round 2 starts with Taylor immediately shooting for another takedown, and Krause unwisely following him to the ground. Resume “wrestler has top control but can’t get through bottom fighter’s defense with any substantial ground-and-pound, and no one goes for submissions from the top any more” loop.
After a couple of minutes of that, Taylor makes a bold bid to get mount. Krause takes advantage and gets on Taylor’s back and bleeds on him for a bit, like the Black Knight fighting back against King Arthur after losing a limb or two. Krause tries to make something of the position, but Taylor simply flips over and is back on top against a clearly frustrated and tiring Krause. And it’s getting a little easier for Taylor to land punches, enough that this round is getting close to 10-8 and Krause needs a Hail Mary in Round 3.
Krause opens Round 3 with a kick. Taylor responds with a harder kick and a takedown. And we’re back. Krause looks done. Taylor gets his legs over and sinks a choke that puts Krause to sleep. Dana White snaps his fingers to show how quickly it happened.
“I don’t wanna leave!” Taylor shouts after the fight. He’s 7-0 in the TUF gym.
White teases Taylor, reminding him that he has to get through tonight without a replay of the drunken rampage that got him kicked out of the TUF 7 final. Taylor says he’d have to be a (bleep) to do that again.
After the Garbrandt-Dillashaw staredown, which tests John McCarthy’s patience, we get the promos for Friday’s final matchup between two guys who qualified for the final in their previous seasons as well. Lima lost. Taylor never got there.
They don’t announce the rest of the fight card, but TUF Talk confirms the “third-place” battle between Krause and Gallicchio.
And that’s it. Next Wednesday, I’m going to bed at 9 p.m. Thanks for reading through the season with me.
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Jesse Taylor submits James Krause, meets Dhiego Lima at TUF Finale

Jesse Taylor secured his place at the TUF: Redemption Finale on Friday night with a third-round submission win over the only active UFC fighter that took part in the season in James Krause.

The bout was broadcast on the season finale of TUF: Redemption on Wednesday night.

After his dominant victory over Krause, Taylor moves on to face Dhiego Lima on Friday night in Las Vegas. Lima lost out on his first attempt of trying to secure a TUF championship when he met Eddie Gordon in the final of season 19.

“I can’t believe this is happening again,” Taylor stated on the broadcast following his big win. “It’s incredible. I’ve finally finished the job. It’s been nine years in the making, but I feel exuberant.

“I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I couldn’t ask for more. It’s a total dream. It still hasn’t set in yet. It’s been a dream-like experience.”

Taylor first appeared on the seventh series of the reality platform where he defeated Mike Dolce, Dante Rivera and Tim Credeur to claim a place in the final.

However, when security footage emerged of Taylor kicking out the side windows of a limousine during a night out with fellow cast members, Dana White removed him from the final as he believed he was not ready to deal with pressures of being a UFC fighter.

Taylor’s wrestling allowed him to control Krause from top position throughout the bout. After being on the receiving end of some forceful grounded shots from top position, Krause was rendered unconscious after Taylor sunk in a guillotine choke at the midway point of the third round.

Krause had to be medically cleared for the exhibition bout after suffering a scratched cornea in his quarterfinal clash against Ramsey Nijem.

“I knew what I had to do to beat Jesse and I plain and simple just couldn’t get it done,” said Krause after the fight.

“I did not feel 100 percent going into that fight, but neither does any fighter going into a fight. Jesse fought a good fight and I’m excited to watch him and Dhiego in the finals.”

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MMA fighter dead at 25 after fatal shooting in Florida home invasion

Aaron Rajman, a mixed martial artist and member of American Top Team, was shot and killed at his Boca Raton, Fla., home on Monday night. A Florida-based mixed martial artist was killed in a home invasion Monday night, per Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and a report from Sun-Sentinel.com.
Aaron Rajman was shot in his Boca Raton, FL home by one of several men who walked inside following an argument between Rajman and the group of men, per the report. The men left after Rajman was struck.
Rajman died shortly thereafter.
“I’m just literally at a loss for words. Everyone I talked to is sickened,” local promoter Dave Zalewski said (via Sun-Sentinel.com). “He was the most humble guy around, he never talked bad about people.”
Per the report, the sheriff’s office has no motive for the Monday shooting. No suspects have been identified.
Rajman was 2-2 as a pro fighter and had just celebrated his 25th birthday on June 27. Rajman, who trained out of Coconut Creek’s American Top Team, last fought in May 2016 and lost via technical knockout.
A GoFundMe page was created to raise money to pay for funeral expenses and other costs and help his family. It has already exceeded its goal of $20,000.

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Premium Mayweather-McGregor tickets going for $98,500 each

For those looking for the best seats in the house to Mayweather-McGregor, be prepared to shell out close to $100K for them. Just in case you were in the market for tickets to see Mayweather-McGregor, you’d better be prepared to shell out a lot of cash. The contest, being dubbed by many as the “biggest fight in history,” will be under boxing rules and will feature a boxing-only undercard. The bout takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a venue that can accommodate 18,000 boxing and MMA fans.
At a glance, the box office tickets start off as reasonably-priced as one would expect: $2537/ticket for the nosebleeds and the wallet assault continues the closer one’s seat is to the ring. The middle tier of seats starts at $5028 with parts of the next closest section coming in at $6502. From that same level of seating, there are four blocks that more than double to reach the $12,808 mark.

The lower level seating is where we see the really steep increase with ticket cost jumping to $22,288 and going sky-high from there. Prices range from $23,000 – $80,000 for the outer floor area, and the floor seats directly around the ring where the premium “best seats in the house” jump to a whopping $98,500/each. It’s still very early with plenty of time for resale outlets like StubHub to raise their blocks of tickets to insane levels. For comparison, Mayweather-Pacquiao floor seats were going for an astounding $351,005.25/each a week out from that fight, according to Yahoo.
So, if you plan on seeing the mega-bout that will undoubtedly set new pay-per-view records, you’d better get your finances in order because it certainly isn’t cheap, even at the bargain level. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor takes place August 26, 2017 and will be broadcast via Showtime pay-per-view to those unable to attend the event.
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